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Food Policy Action Statement on Proposed Cuts to SNAP Program

Food Policy Action Statement on Proposed Cuts to SNAP Program

By | May 22nd, 2017 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Food Policy Action released the following statement from its co-founder, food advocate and chef Tom Colicchio in response to reports that President Trump’s budget proposes a 25 percent cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. The cuts reportedly would total $39 billion over ten years. “The President has proposed…


Food Policy Action released the following statement from its co-founder, food advocate and chef Tom Colicchio in response to reports that President Trump's...

Food Policy Action released the following statement from its co-founder, food advocate and chef Tom Colicchio in response to reports that President Trump’s budget proposes a 25 percent cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. The cuts reportedly would total $39 billion over ten years.

“The President has proposed a radical and extreme cut to one of the most successful and efficient nutrition programs in America. Over 40 million Americans depend on SNAP to put food on the table every month and a 25 percent cut means millions of them would simply not have enough to eat. Americans don’t support a slash and burn approach to food stamps—in fact, by huge margins they think SNAP benefits should be increased, not radically cut. We are distressed at the misplaced priorities of this administration, which are out of sync with the needs and values of Americans. This budget is bad for families struggling to get enough to eat, it’s bad for our communities and in the end will be bad for the American economy.”

The average SNAP benefit is $1.40 per meal. A recent poll found that the majority of Americans, regardless of party affiliation, support increasing the standard benefit amount.

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